KC Hospital Offers Intestinal Center for Children
KANSAS CITY, - Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City has opened a center to treat young children with relatively rare intestinal conditions that can be life-threatening.
And later this year, Children's Mercy plans to become only the third medical center in the country to perform bowel transplants on children.
The director of the center, Joel Lim, says the clinic sees children who need special feedings because their bowels have malfunctioned for different reasons. About 45 children currently are being treated at the clinic.
The Kansas City Star reports that some the children were born with intestines that cannot absorb nutrients adequately, while others have malformed bowels.
Lim says the children have complicated medical conditions that need specialized help, but many of them can eventually lead normal lives.